In 1958 the American writer Barnaby Conrad was badly gored in a bullfight in Spain. The actress Eva Gabor was having lunch with Noel Coward in a New York restaurant when the two were overheard talking about the incident. “Noel, dahling,” said Eva, “have you heard the news about poor Bahnaby?” He vas terribly gored in Spain.”
“He was what?” asked Coward in alarm.
“He vas gored!”
“Thank heavens. I thought you said he was bored.”
Are you bored? You don’t need to be. God is already working all around you – at home, at work, at church, in the restaurant and at the store – and you can join him. In fact, he invited you to join him for blessing, for purpose . . . for adventure.
Adventures are a wonderful thing – in books; but in life it’s another matter. They stretch and discompose you. But what a great thing to go on an adventure with Jesus as your companion.
Think of the adventures Jesus experienced: There was the attempt made on his life when he was but an infant (Matthew 2); there was the wilderness survival experience; the storm at sea; the riot at Nazareth – and many more. He faced enemies, demoniacs, diabolical politicians and crazed mobs.
We think that if we are in God’s will we will be protected from risk, but it was not so for Jesus. He watched what His Father was doing, saw where he was working, and joined right in (John 15:19-20a). Doing so sometimes led him into adventure, but never into boredom.
If your Christian life is boring, perhaps you haven’t been following Jesus’ lead. If you will watch what the Father is doing, see where he is working, and act when he shows you what to do, you’ll be off on the adventure of your life. And you’ll have Jesus as your companion.
“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)